10 Children’s Books about Dogs You Should Read
What about ending the day curling up with your child and his favourite book about dogs? No doubt, it would be great. After all, dogs and books have been two of the best companions of mankind. You may have grown up reading those books with doggy pictures but memories don’t fade, right? You must want your child to grow up with them as well. Indeed, every dog loving family would love that. So here are our 10 children’s books about dogs you should read. You’ll find the world’s cutest, funniest and smartest dogs here.
10 Children’s Books about Dogs You Should Read:
1. You’re A Good Dog, Carl by Alexander Day
It’s about the adventures of a dog named Carl and Madeline, the baby. They go off exploring the world whenever mom is not watching. Alexander Day, the author also illustrates the adventure with few words. There’s a series of 10 titles those include the name, Carl. The 1st 6 tales would be great to start with. I’m sure your kids are going to love Carl!
2. The One Hundred And One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Before Disney animated this, this novel in 1956 was a charming adventure story. It’s about the kidnapping of Dalmatian puppies and their rescue. The novel is full of characters those you must want to remember. Each character has its significance and will teach you something valuable. For example, colonel, the English sheepdog, takes his job very, very seriously! It’s a learning book for kids ageing between 8 and 12, as it tells you the importance of friends, family, and teamwork.
3. Oh No, George! By Chris Haughton
As the book name indicates, the name of the dog is George. The Book Trailer says: “George really wants to be good, but George has seen a cake. What will George do?” George is observant, curious, a bit naughty but above all, extremely cute – that’s my kind of dog! Not only will your kid love it, but you too will also fall in love with this funny dog. Vibrant pictures also show how George does the right thing resisting his temptation.
4. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
This children’s book about dogs is perfect for grown up kids. In children’s literature, this is a classic name. Opal, a 10-year old girl, found Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who changed her life forever. Winn-Dixie was the name of the grocery store from where the girl found him. He was big, funny and ugly but he helped Opal to come out of her childhood difficulty. You’ll surely want to train your dog this way without reading other dog training books!
5. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
This one of the little golden book first came out in 1942. The author tells you about porky’s adventures with sing-song narration. The book differs with the other children’s books about dogs in this respect. I think you should keep this little puppy in your family’s book collection forever.
6. Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray
This book will leave both you and your child giggling. Overall, Walter is a good dog except with one problem, as the book title indicates. The book contains hilarious pictures with lively illustrations by Audrey Colman. Walter’s flatulence will surely make your day.
7. Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Ribsy is one of the most adorable dogs in doggy literature. After getting lost in the parking lot of a shopping mall, he went out in search of his owner, Henry. Ribsy is a name of a hero. If you ever go to Grant Park in Portland, you must visit Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden. There, you’ll meet the immortalized bronze Ribsy.
8. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
This book won the Caldecott medal! Gloria, the dog is smart and fun. After reading it I must admit, it’s the name of an awesome dog. Lastly, this book is a good choice for acting out loud or role-playing over and over again.
9. Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
This 25 feet tall dog, Clifford is available as stories with over 70 titles, a TV show, an upcoming movie, and toys as well. But the original story talks about the humble roots of Clifford and where he came from.
10. McDuff Moves In by Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells is well known for children’s books. The whole series illustrates about the adventures of McDuff, an incorrigible westie. Though in the first story McDuff was a stray dog, the subsequent stories take him through new adventures.
Can you recommend more children’s books about dogs?
The combination of children and dogs is a double-whammy of love. That’s why so many wonderful stories have been created in kid’s literature over the years. Of course, there are other books out of this list that can also make great reads. But you must read these 10 children’s books about dogs. I can assure you, these are characters you won’t want to forget.
For more Doggy stories, why not check out our short story Bailey’s Best Buddy or our 10 writing prompts about dogs?